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2010 03 27 - Osaka day 2

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An enveloppe for every competitor. Nicely sorted by "alfabet". a time-schedule (that was easily matched), a questionaire and most importantly a list of all events with markings to indicate if I should scramble/judge/compete (+group)/nothing.
The first day of the competition started out with breakfast, but we soon found out that Sachi had some serious stomach problems from her period in India where she was probably infected with a parasite after getting physically exhausted and suffered from a heat stroke. However she pushed herself and went with us to the competition, promising she would visit a doctor.

We got to the competition in time and I immediately realised how different everything was. I had to hand in several cubes already even though the actual events weren't untill later that day. There was a personal envelop for everyone with a personal schedule, including scrambling and jury duties. And the payment was per event unlike the fixed price in European competitions. I guess that explained why many people only participated in several events which is a real shame I think.
My backup solution for FMC. 39 moves is crappy, but it was good enough for 2nd place. I try not to DNF anymore so I first start to write down a "decent" solution in case I run out of time on my real FMC later.
I also started seeing familiar faces from Worlds 2007 and 2009 and as a big surprise Timothy from Sweden was there with his father. Soon the competition started and everything became familiar again.

I did quite well on everything that day and made it through the qualifications for most events. And in my specialties (Fewest Moves and Big Cubes) I actually got 2 second places. Sachi went to the hospital and got some really powerful medicine. Fortunately everything went by so well organised that we had a long lunchbreak. Time to go shopping for some essentials like a powerplugadapter, a usb adapter and some extra videotapes in a place as big as Ikea but 7 stories high, crawling with people shopping for the latest technical gadgets.

An afternoon of competition was followed by a well organised group dinner.
Scrambles with pictures after every move???? I guess even people that don't know notation can scramble now
It got a bit to quiet and serious according to me, so I decided to start fooling around with some people and introduce teamsolving at several tables which was a big succes and really livened up the dinner.

Then it was time to take the trains back to the Mondo house again. His father picked us up by car and I was shown how he parked it in an extremely tight spot in front of his house. At that moment I realised Efficiency wasn't just common in Japan, it is a lifestyle everyone seems to have adopted and that controls society. Anyway, we spent the evening solving escape puzzles, learning about Ryosukes amazing memorysystem for solving up to 100 cubes blindfolded and relaxed in the Japanese bath again
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An enveloppe for every competitor.…
An enveloppe for every competitor…
My backup solution for FMC. 39 mov…
My backup solution for FMC. 39 mo…
Scrambles with pictures after ever…
Scrambles with pictures after eve…
All cubes (for all groups) were ta…
All cubes (for all groups) were t…
A dedicated team of scorekeepers. …
A dedicated team of scorekeepers.…
Judges wore armbands, got a scramb…
Judges wore armbands, got a scram…
The famous stand for blindfolded. …
The famous stand for blindfolded.…
- Mouthcaps against allergies or …
- Mouthcaps against allergies or …
Even the smallest amount of space …
Even the smallest amount of space…
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